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10 Hidden Time Wasters

We often inadvertently waste time because we don’t recognize the symptoms. Check out the video list of the video’s 10 hidden time wasters and tell me which ones were a surprise to you.

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How to speed up operations and deliveries.

With clients expecting orders to be turned around faster than in the past, how can a small business speed up their operations?

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How do companies prevent remote workers from feeling “left out”?

How do companies prevent remote workers from feeling

I recently received the following question: How do companies prevent remote workers from feeling “left out”? I’m not a fan of handing off the responsibility of our own career and growth to someone else. It is not the companies’ responsibility to make their telecommuters to ‘feel included’. It is not the companies’ responsibility to make […]

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You can’t get your money, unless you ask for it

4 weeks after I had completed his taxes for him, I asked this friend-first-removed if he had received his refund yet. He confessed that he has the forms signed, but he has not mailed them in yet.

“Well — you know you can’t get your money, until you mail the forms in….”

It’s the same in life and work. It’s more difficult to get what you really want if you don’t explicitly ask for it and then follow-through with your plan.

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Keeping an external job offer alive

It’s usually bad news when your job offer is put on hold. Sometimes the offer disappears. So what strategies can you employ to make sure you keep that offer alive even if the employer has to suspend plans for bringing you on board?

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Taking Responsibility: what dog training can teach us about management

Taking Responsibility: what dog training can teach us about management

  After many years of traversing the globe as a strategy consultant, family and health issues dictated a travel respite for a few years. During part of that interim period, I turned a hobby into a business and became the owner of a very active full service dog training and behavior modification business. Several hundred […]

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How to manage a project

The essentials of project management in under 500 words What’s a project? A project is any endeavor that takes time and involves more than one person. Typically, we don’t call it a project unless it involves at least 3 to 5 people, and then we call them a team. A project requires communication, collaboration and […]

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How can a career vision help me with my career

How can a career vision help me with my career

Steve Wynkoop and I were talking a lot about designing and managing our professional careers on a weekly interview on SSWUG.org. This episode was about what steps to change your position in the your current company.

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What if two product managers disagree on something and can only agree to disagree?

I received the below great question a few days after my Art of War for Product Managers and High-Performing Professionals.  I thought you might be interested in the answer as well. What if two product manager colleagues disagree on something and can only agree to disagree and cannot come to a resolution, what do you […]

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Do one scary thing a day.

This week we will take a short-cut into slapping ourselves back on the path. We won’t spend time investigating why and what took us off our course. Instead, we will jump into action with the idea of “doing one scary thing a day” to help keep up moving forward at a faster pace.

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What we can learn from Judge Judy

It’s impossible not to judge. Telling someone else “not to judge” — shows you have made the judgment that they are judging. Most opinions, descriptions, decisions, views, rulings, and critiques are judgments.

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How a diet tip helped me get a work-related request accomplished.

I know this sounds strange, but I used a diet tip that I read from Micheal Thurmond’s “6 Day Body Makeover” – to accomplish career critical tasks.

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

If you know how to drive, you already understand project management. You may still not want to be a project manager, but at least you understand better their function and value. In fact, project management and defensive driving have much in common.

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Shifting Your Perspective

Shifting Your Perspective

Can you recall a time when you and another person shared an experience, but at the end you both had completely different stories about what happened? Maybe you saw a movie with a friend and when talking about it afterward you realize they came away with a totally different take on it. If you’re like […]

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Project Managers as Project Marketers

Project Managers as Project Marketers

Project Managers as Project Marketers Seasoned project managers understand that a successful project never results from a single endeavor. Instead, it takes a myriad of cumulative and often-subtle accomplishments to bring even the simplest project to completion. Consistent communication with stakeholders is arguably the most important of those many factors. Motivating, coordinating and managing various […]

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Using Game Theory to Traverse Obstacles

Many of the strategies used in games can be effectively translated to business and professional navigation. Find out how….

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Top 3 Office Game Changers

As a Business Process Consultant and Efficiency Coach, I am a subject matter expert in the field of Process Improvement. I work closely with the client to analyze both operational processes and financial metrics to assess project opportunities that positively impact the financial performance of the client business. In that role, I see a few misconceptions in how to make office changes (or any change for that matter). The most prevalent false premise is to “start where you are and take small steps”. That may be the resulting action – but I don’t recommend we start there.

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Clearing conflict on a team

We call too many things “teams,” just because it sounds good. A group of people is not necessarily a team just because they happen to work in proximity to each other. What’s a team for? A team is a small group that has a goal, an end-result that they have accepted as their purpose. So […]

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Prototype your way to Real

Prototype your way to Real

When project managing for innovation and change, three important steps are getting great inspiration, having an effective idea generation session, and then moving your ideas forward with prototyping. Consider your personal and organizational prototyping practices: do you prototype across a wide range of levels, from rough to real? Do you prototype both your tangible and intangible concepts, as you might for service design and organizational change? Take a look at the following post to imagine your path this year on what and how to prototype – for yourself or across your company.

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Gaining Management Support

Gaining Management Support

Upper management support is crucial for project success.  Their support in sponsoring projects, however, often falls short of what is necessary to ensure project success.  Why?  Is it ignorance, lack of knowledge about what’s required, distaste for the role, too busy, unwilling, …?  Well, maybe so, but a key ingredient is the ability of project […]

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Update on Key Communications Technologies for Virtual Teams

Update on Key Communications Technologies for Virtual Teams

As someone with a great deal of personal experience working in virtual teams and having managed a collaboration technologies research team for several years, I am very familiar with the obvious as well as subtle problems with the collaboration tools available today. As  I am sure you know, there are just way too many tools […]

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